The Tyrolean resort of Hintertux is home to the Austria's largest summer ski areas. The resort is located in the Tuxertal (in English, the Tuxer valley).
Hintertux is one of Europe's top summer ski destinations, so it's hardly a surprise to find that the resort makes it into our list of the top 10 resorts for early snow.
The glacier itself provides much greater variety than many of it's Alpine rivals, and features one of the steepest glacial areas in Europe, Gefrorene Wand (German for 'Frozen Wall'). The glacier provides 15km of slopes even in the summer, rising to 50km in late Autumn. However, by December the north-facing pistes further down the valley are often open, opening up an even larger area that can even link through to nearby Mayrhofen.
Hintertux is a popular early season destination with German skiers, especially at weekends, and although this can make it busier than some of the other early-season resorts, it does give it a good lively feel, something many skiers are after.
Austria's largest summer ski area is found above the Tyrolean village of Hinterux, in the Tuxert valley. A gondola from the village provides access up to the glacier, which features over 20 lifts and has access to 15km of pistes even in the height of summer (this rises to 50km in spring and autumn, and up to 200km in mid-winter). A top altitude of 3250m can be reached from the highest lift.
Hintertux is one of Europe's top summer ski destinations, and the glacier itself provides much greater variety than many of it's Alpine rivals, with pride of place going to one of the steepest glacial areas in Europe - Gefrorene Wand (German for 'Frozen Wall'). Hintertux is also the only ski resort in Austria which is open 365 days a year and offers skiing throughout all of the summer months. All of Austria's other glacier ski resorts close in either May, June or July and then open again for skiing in September or October.